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Common Goals Affirmed for College’s K-12 Partners

K-12 educators gain appreciation of their collaborative role in preparing students for higher education and the rewarding careers beyond.Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted nearly 100 K-12 educators Friday to talk about technology education, the skills gap in the U.S. workforce and how they can work together to help students transition from high school to college.

The educators – many of whom are school counselors and administrators – traveled from as far away as Erie, Pittsburgh and Chester County.

“We have a dual purpose of introducing educators to our campus and programs and helping them understand the importance of applied technology,” said Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions at Penn College. “We want to help fill the gaps in administrative professional development and hit the hot topics that are important in their world.”

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‘Open Floor’ Helps Students Traverse Conversational Minefield

John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication/composition, focuses on finding common ground among the people with whom we communicate ...

... and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science, encourages empathy and understanding in assessing others' differences of opinion.

Attentive students add to their intellectual toolbox before breaking into one-on-one to practice what they've learned.

With the event organizer visible at left background, aviation students Kerry K. Loeb (left), of Glen Mills, and Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill – another of the Penn College's CPEs – turn a discussion prompt into meaningful interaction.

“The Open Floor,” planned by Community Peer Educator Tia G. La to foster respectful discussion – even when parties’ opinions diverge – was held this week in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Two Penn College faculty members began Tuesday’s event with a half-hour primer on open communication, then students were paired in a “speed round” of conversations addressing such contentious topics as the Confederate flag, all-gender restrooms and immigration. “The ultimate goal of the event is to empower students and equip them with some of the skills they need in order to make the connections that are so necessary for creating an intellectually diverse and open campus,” said La, a pre-physician assistant major from Guam and a CPE in the diversity and campus/community engagement core group. “This event really targets the heart of what we’re trying to do: encourage students to become more well-rounded individuals, promote the college as a place for personal growth, and get students talking and interacting with one another.” The evening concluded with a debriefing, in which students reflected on how intimidating some conversations can be … and shared their triumphs and revelations in persevering through the difficulties.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Magazine Touts PIRC’s Contribution to Statewide Workforce

Penn College’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, which incorporates hands-on learning across the industry’s varied production processes, is featured in the online Keystone Edge magazine. The article by news editor Elise Vider – headlined “At Penn College, Plastics Provide a Path to Success” – includes a Q&A with Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development.

Faculty Member’s Baseball Research Published in Economics Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

Recent research by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member shows the importance of non-game entertainment in drawing fans to minor league baseball games.

The findings, published in Volume 23, No. 2 of the Pennsylvania Economic Review, were the result of six years of research by Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Michael J. Gallagher, of DeSales University. Their article is titled “State College Spikes: Examining the Promotion of Minor League Baseball.”

“At one point in time, little supplementary activity was designed to augment the game as a way to entertain fans,” they wrote. “Today it is common to see a myriad of events occurring throughout the course of the baseball game.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Horticulture Students Network at Green Industry Showcase

Attending GIE+EXPO in Louisville are (from left) Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Joseph A. Kern, Mechanicsburg; Kyle J. Schatz, St. Marys; Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; William X. DeMarco, Glen Mills; 2013 alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne; Trevor C. Gagliano, Hughesville; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; and Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown, an NALP student ambassador.

It's batter up – 120 feet up, in fact – at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, fronted by a scale replica of Babe Ruth's 34-inch power-hitter.

A contingent of Penn College landscape/horticulture technology students and a faculty member recently joined hundreds of industry leaders and up-and-comers for The Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. A premier networking and educational conference for entrepreneurs and professionals in the landscaping and green industry, GIE+EXPO featured a trade show and 20-acre outdoor demonstration area, along with educational opportunities through Hardscape North America and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. In addition to the eight students accompanying Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, attended as one of 10 NALP student ambassadors. Chosen from across the country, the ambassadors help run the event, work the registration table, introduce speakers and are heavily involved with the many networking opportunities at the show. “My time at the Green Industry Expo as a student ambassador exceeded my expectations farther that I would have ever imagined. Being able to work through (NALP) was key for networking and being able to establish relationships with big names within the industry that will last a lifetime,” Fulton said. “Throughout my three days at the trade show, I also was able to connect with students in the industry, as well as throughout the country. The education and friendships I established at GIE+EXPO will last a lifetime, and I look forward to going back next year!” The group also visited the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum while there.
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Challenge Accepted! College Wins Community Cup, Helps Raise $17,000 for Salvation Army

An aerial view shows runners bundled up and starting out.

The Salvation Army of Williamsport will receive about $17,000 to be used for essential services to local families, thanks to Saturday’s Community Challenge.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the event resulted in the college winning the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. Penn College logged 30 registered guests and 22 volunteers, including students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course and a number of student-athletes. The Penn College cross-country team served as an event sponsor.

“The volunteers from the human services program and athletics were incredible and helped to make a very special event,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who serves as vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.

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College Dedicates Comprehensive Resource for Student Veterans

Placing the colors in the lobby of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center – home to the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – are (from left) President Davie Jane Gilmour; Teagan Marty, wearing her grandfather’s dog tags; ROTC Cadet Austin S. Weinrich, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student from Jenkintown; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors; and Maj. Gen. Marty’s son, Patrick, vice president for college relations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Veterans & Military Resource Center on Nov. 10, choosing a solemn weekend of remembrance to invoke the memory of an impressive “fellow soldier.”

Named the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – and made possible through the generosity of Marty’s son, Patrick, and family – the facility will provide a site for veteran and active-duty students to gather, collaborate, study and discuss their military benefits with campus mentors.

“For over 100 years, this institution’s focus on applied technology education has been synonymous with a commitment to veterans,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “A commitment to providing access to educational opportunities for veterans is woven into the very fabric of Penn College and its predecessors.”

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‘STEM Day’ Offers Firsthand Look at College’s Stature

Alumnus Derek F. Knipe, a manufacturing engineer at PMF Industries in Williamsport, gets a Wildcat welcome back to campus.

More than 60 students and faculty from North Penn High School, Williamsport Area High School and Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School visited Penn College during a recent STEM Day program.  The Nov. 8 “Changing the World With STEM” observance included alumni speaker Derek F. Knipe, a 2005 manufacturing engineering technology graduate employed at PMF Industries on Reach Road.  Organizers had help from faculty and students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Among those sharing their experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) were Rylee A. Butler, an engineering design technology major from Bellefonte; Connor L. Winslow, of Blanchard, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology students Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, and Barry P. “Pat” Watkins, of Blossburg, and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, instructor of HVAC technology; Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, and Kachine L. Fry, of Butler, both majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Jacob Giraffa, a mechantronics engineering technology student. The high school students were able to see firsthand the technology with which Penn College students regularly work in their classes; robotics, mechatronics and 3-D printing demonstrations were provided. Manufacturing engineering technology major Logan B. Goodhart from the Baja SAE Club showed off the Baja car and what the club is working on, while visitors to the Engineering Design Technology Workshop drove robots into mock combat.

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Faculty Pitch Health Careers at Regional ‘Awareness Day’

Wellsboro students learn about dental hygiene careers, straight from the mannequin's mouth.

Justin M. Ingram uses brains to make students mindful of their vocational options.

Shawn A. Kiser, Penn College’s director of dental hygiene, and Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology, collaborated to provide hands-on recruitment at the 2017 Tioga County Health Career Awareness Day. The event was held Nov. 8 at Wellsboro Area High School. Ingram provided an overview on the human brain; Kiser provided the opportunity for students to “clean” a mannequin’s teeth and place dental sealants. The event attracted about 150 area high school students.
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A Veterans Day Salute

Penn College's military family honored for Veterans Day

On the eve of Veterans Day, PCToday honors the Penn College students, faculty and staff who have served (or continue to serve) the United States.

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Mobile Attention-Getter Pays Tribute to Law Enforcement’s Past

Officer Charles E. O'Brien Jr. sits in his restored 1929 Ford Model A coupe outside Penn College Police headquarters.

Ever on the lookout to boost the rapport between police and the public, a Pennsylvania College of Technology patrolman has found the perfect vehicle for community outreach.

In a project that combined hobby and history, restoration and research, Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. recently turned a 1929 Ford Model A coupe into a traffic-stopping icebreaker.

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‘Augmented Reality Sandbox’ Serves as Multidisciplinary Tool

A sandbox recently installed at Pennsylvania College of Technology is for anything but play. Thanks to the ingenuity of faculty and staff from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, the 250 pounds of sand will serve as an educational tool for hundreds of students in several majors.

The unit incorporates a 3-D camera, sensor, projector and computer to reveal virtual topographical contour lines, an elevation color map and simulated water on sand. When the sand is molded by hand, the virtual features change accordingly. The project is modeled after the AR Sandbox, developed by National Science Foundation-funded research at the University of California, Davis.

“It’s an application of augmented reality,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “It lays computer-generated images over a real-world environment. In this case, the environment is sand. The concept is similar to the Pokémon Go game that was popular a few years ago.”

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Getting Up to Speed, Down to Business

Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management, talks with students about their business ideas.

Ciaveralla shows students how to analyze their competition.

Hundreds of area high school students packed into Penn’s Inn on Wednesday to sharpen their entrepreneurial acumen. The students are participating in the Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship Challenge, a project of the World Council on Financial Literacy. At the event, Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Tim Keohane, director of the small business development center at Lock Haven University, took students – who arrived with a business idea – through the steps of developing a business plan, from explaining the need their business will meet, through analyzing the competition, identifying their target market, and estimating their start-up costs and profits. After a three-hour session that alternated large-group instruction with work time, the students returned to their schools with skills to write their business plans and enter the Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship Challenge competition. The event was organized by Carolyn Shirk, vice president of World Council on Financial Literacy.

Library Director Among Williamsport YWCA’s ‘Women of Excellence’

Tracey AmeyMadigan Library director Tracey Amey is among this year’s Women of Excellence class at the Williamsport YWCA, one of 14 women inducted during a Nov. 2 banquet at the Williamsport Country Club. “Tracey has been a breath of fresh air as the director of the Madigan Library at Penn College. She is innovative in finding new ways to expand access to students at the college,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She is committed to serving her community in meaningful ways, bringing about positive change with the projects she immerses herself in.” Amey is the 11th Penn College employee to be selected in the nine years of the local YWCA’s Women of Excellence program, which pays tribute to “the diverse women who make a difference in Lycoming County” – those who actively participate as community volunteers or role models, or as leaders on committees or boards, and who embody the organization’s values and mission.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University